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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #32: My new favorite turning project

08-01-2019 04:52 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

This is the second project I have made from a 8/4 remnant, where I cut the piece in half and then glued the resulting pieces together. Both times, there was reasonable grain match so the resulting blank did not look obviously like it glued up from narrower pieces. This started as a piece of white oak from the scrap bins at Forest Products in Maplewood, MN (always a good place to get a cheap haul of offcuts from their cabinet shop operation). I am really happy with the rolled rim and the overa...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #28: Another square bowl

07-18-2019 01:45 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

The first square I made was a challenge that I enjoyed, so when I unearthed a square of white oak that was left over from a project for friends (we replaced the threshold of their exterior door), I knew it had to be a square bowl. I drew inspiration from several Youtubers (thank you to all the folks that do such a wonderful job sharing their skills and process via that medium!) for a bowl with closed corners / feet. I didn’t about chip out with the thin areas at the edges of the feet...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #12: Youtube inspiration

04-03-2019 07:40 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

I have become a bit addicted to Gord Rock’s Youtube channel. I find his level of explanation, his dry humor and his pacing much to my liking. The fact he has the same Nova lathe as I do also helps :). He has posted videos making a couple shallow bowls / platters from ~8/4 planks, where he edge glues them to get a bigger diameter blank. I liked the look of the form he made, and I had length of 8/4 white oak left over from a project making a new threshold for friends’ back door, ...

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Wood stabilizing #5: Dyeing experiments

01-06-2019 05:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Having somewhat successfully stabilized a couple batches of wood, I figured it was time to add dyeing to the list. I started with two tubs of cactus juice, dyed blue and red, and set pieces of wood in them for fifteen minutes or so. No vacuum, just open air. The woods were some spalted maple, some rock maple, some hickory, and some white oak. The fifteen minutes was a guess. It turned out to be about right for the spalted maple, but nowhere near long enough for the oak or rock ma...

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Wood stabilizing #4: Second batch

12-24-2018 02:09 AM by Dave Polaschek | 2 comments »

I stabilized another batch of wood this weekend. It included: butternut, salt cedar, cherry, citrus, spalted elm, eucalyptus, hackberry, ipe, African mahogany, hard maple, spalted maple, white oak, pear, and walnut. I made a list, so I wouldn’t forget. Especially before sanding off the excess cactus juice, it can be hard to tell what’s what. And here they are: Butternut through ipe in the first photo, and ipe through walnut in the second. No huge surprises. Ipe remains ha...

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #8: finished...

12-18-2018 06:41 PM by TigerTed | 2 comments »

I covered the sanded/planed chair with plastic and put some household ammonia in a pan. Repeated that a couple times and got some brown color. Next, I used a darker shellac sanding lightly between coats. A dark wax was applied and rubbed out. Made a poplar frame that the upholstery guy decided not to use..

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #6: Start on the back

12-18-2018 05:48 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

The back slats will be curved. First we need the distance between tenons. The stile of the back are milled and with locating hole assemble to the chair with a pin. A mock up straight section tenon was made. Next we need a form to glue the back slats. Two curved forms were made with the bandsaw. Between the forms at spacers that allow us to clamp and accommodate the various slat heights. That assembly is mounted to a piece of plywood. Everything has thin foam sheet to prevent slat...

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #4: First fit up

12-18-2018 04:28 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

Did diagonal cut the underarm support stretchers to conserve wood. It’s expensive. The pretty stuff outside. Knots/defects are kept inside. Dry fit what we have so far. Not a chair yet but something. Now we are laying out the under arm tenons. Note that those bottom side stretchers will be angled which adds a lot of complication.

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #3: Rough joinery

12-18-2018 01:40 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

All legs are lined up and penciled with rough location of joints to avoid error. A knife and mortise gauge are used to locate mortises and tenons. Bandsaw is used to cut the cheeks. I roughly align one face. After the cut is made, I use a carefully thicknessed spacer to cut the other face. An angled trench is made at the shoulder line with a chisel. The cross cut hand saw is then guided in the trench to release the cheek. Edges of the tenon were removed with a combination of ba...

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #2: Rough work of quartersawn white oak

12-18-2018 01:03 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

I rough cut and milled trying to find best utilization of wood while preserving aesthetics. The core of the legs was 8/4 stock. I insisted that the through tenons not show a glue line. Because we want ray fleck on all 4 sides of the legs there are 4 laminations. Laminations were cut on the bandsaw tad thick. After all glued up, the legs were rotated around on jointer/bandsaw to center the tenon stock and reach final dimension. When gluing, I used my bench as a caul. Wax pap...

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